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Wild near-collision on Barcelona runway

Two Passengers Almost Collided at Barcelona Airport

A UTair pilot aborted his landing at Barcelona's El Prat Airport on July 5 after an Aerolíneas Argentinas jet crossed the runway. An aviation enthusiast recorded the close call as UTair Flight UT5187 prepared for landing on Saturday, July 5. The UTair Boeing 767-300 completed its journey from Moscow, landing safely after circling around.

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Nancy July 07 2014 at 9:15 AM

Exactly what pilots train for.

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PACRIMCO July 07 2014 at 10:56 AM

Great job by the Utair pilot. He/She earned their pay on this day. Machines will never replace human judgement when the chips are down. The San Francisco short landing accident is a good example of why there needs to be a highly trained and competent crew in the cockpit of all commercial airplanes.

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frank.foreman PACRIMCO July 08 2014 at 2:20 AM

You can forget about overtraining pilots or anyone else in any job - as these aircrafts are being designed to meet their management's useage needs through things like autopilot. It's called "overmanagement" , and pilots are having to become technically involved with these technologies , instead of just piloting the flight. Every owner of these aircrafts have every unit and pilot on speed dial , and the air traffic control centers. Which is why none of this functions as planned. If you can't control an aircraft's movements on the ground in an airport - you don't belong up front and neither does management.

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coopdabomb July 07 2014 at 8:59 AM

I would bet the pilot of the plane landing wen't up to the control tower and had a few choice words for them

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Mike coopdabomb July 07 2014 at 11:27 AM

Just a few.

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Eric coopdabomb July 07 2014 at 11:42 AM

Yeah, I was kinda wondering how the debriefing went.

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rogerl1961 July 07 2014 at 9:25 AM

pilot landing has to have clearance from control tower, pilot crossing has to have clearance from control tower....if clearance was given to both would be tower error...if pilot just did what they did without clearance...pilot error....see and avoid is the final prevention...the pilot crossing should have seen the plane in bound for landing...the landing pilot saw and avoided and or was aborted by tower....

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frank.foreman rogerl1961 July 08 2014 at 2:22 AM

Errors. Don't put these people behind the hair trigger of a gun. An error may occur. Ok , next .

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kgc073 July 07 2014 at 9:38 AM

Great pilot. Gunned it and pulled it up in the nick of time.

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greenliks July 07 2014 at 3:19 PM

Thank GOD the pilot landing was paying attention. Obviously the attending flight traffic controler was sleeping or drugged up, hoping he gets firedas his/her directions could have cost hundreds of lives due to his/her negligence.
nuf said.

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frank.foreman greenliks July 08 2014 at 2:28 AM

Yeah , you might want to be paying attention , and disregard the paying part. NO money is really involved. This stuff reminds me that the pilots are just like truck drivers , who won't sleep if doctor dispatcher threatens their job through management. And viola - you are rolling along with a guy piloting , who just flew 20 hours and is going on to his next destination. Excellent , it may be the pilot's last - but please "jump out" on your own instead of rolling the plane in front of an incoming landing. These pilots need to be investigated , and the management needs to also be investigated. As this pilot or others , could be just bankers behind the window.

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wildoldwolf2 July 07 2014 at 12:14 PM

Well, at ~72 m/s landing speed, ¼ mile (according to the “port authorities”), = ~6 sec to react for both pilot AND plane!... Seeing the Video, it seems a closer call. In any event, bravo for the Pilot. I hope he had a “nice, serious, gentlemen” conversation with the foxes at the tower!...I wish –like many, we could listen to the black box!...

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Corey July 07 2014 at 12:39 PM

As a pilot myself. Go arounds in aviation are very common.. and in no means is this even remotely a near-collision. There's no way in heck two pilots couldn't see a plane less than a mile away lol; Also If the cameraman's radio was on the right frequency barcelona tower would have also caught the mix up along with the pilots. We would have heard the tower telling the B763 to go around if the cameraman's radio was set for the tower frequency and not ground. Pilots spot traffic and objects on the ground from more than 20 nautical miles (depending on visibility) with the naked eye. Many are mistaken by how much attention is really used outside the cockpit. From day 1 we are taught to keep our eyes outside as much as possible. Anyways, go a rounds are very common in aviation. The only thing unusual about this video is the fact barcelona ground made the a340 cross an active runway when traffic was landing.. clearly a terrible mistake by the ground controller

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rickseuf July 07 2014 at 12:50 PM

I was on a flight that when we were preparing to land all off sudden just flew over the runway by a few hunderd feet. The pilot came on the intercom that a flight had taken off in front of us and he did not feet comfortable with the distance between us. So, aborted the landing, flew around and landed safely. What helpe was the pilot's calm demeanor, but it wasn't like this one.

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alfredschrader July 07 2014 at 1:01 PM

I'll admit without the obstruction that was a beautiful landing.

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